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FEMA Disaster Declarations

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

When thinking about risk assessment, don’t forget about FEMA’s website that lists federal disaster declarations.  Searchable by state, FEMA region, and disaster type, use this information to focus your training efforts and design table-top exercises.

Click on this URL to access the federal disaster declarations:

A Neighborhood Resiliency Model

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Here is a nice discussion about the role neighborhood groups can plan in preparedness and response.

Lightning Season

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

Last week was “Lightning Safety Week,” according to FEMA.  Visit the NOAA page here to learn more about lightning and how to reduce the risk for yourself and those around you of being struck or injured by lightning.  In an average year (which this one is not, due to the recent catastrophic tornado incidents), more people are killed by lightning than by tornadoes or hurricanes.  I didn’t realize that many more people actually survive lightning strikes, then live with severe disabilities for the remainder of their lives.  This information can be important to us at work and at home, and for our library patrons who may be in our space during storms.

Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

Thanks to FEMA for the heads-up about this conference, being held tomorrow, June 15–check out the conference site here:   Here’s the description from FEMA’s news update: 

Empowering Business, Government and Nonprofit Leaders to Act Together in Times of Crisis
Leadership during large-scale disasters like terrorist attacks, natural disasters and pandemic flu is the focus of the Long Island Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness on June 15, where more than 200 leaders will gather to better prepare and respond to public health and safety emergencies.  Offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the CDC Foundation, the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative – Harvard School of Public Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Meta-Leadership Summit for Preparedness fosters greater cross-sector collaboration among business, government and nonprofit leaders during emergencies.  The Long Island Meta-Leadership Summit is the 36th and final in the series of highly-evaluated Summits that have been held to engage leaders across the country. More than 4,700 leaders have attended a Summit to date, and over 2,500 have joined the Meta-Leadership Online Community. Visit the online community to watch a sampling of video soundbites from Summit participants in their own words: Tampa Bay; Nebraska; San Diego County; Greater Los Angeles and Greater Houston.